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Principles of Anaesthetic Care - 20 credits - Module

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The module aims as part of the Professional Practice programme to develop knowledgeable and professional practitioners. It will enable you to develop your role, skills and management of anaesthetic care....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Blended Learning
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


The module aims as part of the Professional Practice programme to develop knowledgeable and professional practitioners. It will enable you to develop your role, skills and management of anaesthetic care.

Through practice-led learning you will develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving to identify and justify how your role impacts upon the safe and effective care of patients within all aspects of the perioperative environment.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This module is taught via a range of different modes of delivery and assessment:

  • problem based learning
  • online learning
  • independent learning
  • hi-fidelity simulation

This will allow you to develop competency within the technical and non-technical skills required to work as an anaesthetic practitioner within the anaesthetic setting to ensure the safety of the patient.

Across the programme there is also the expectation that you develop and refine clinical competence and the application of best evidence based knowledge to direct patient care, whilst becoming a self-directed and reflective learner.

Why Choose Us?

  • Excellence of support for all students
  • Redesigned contemporary programme that meets the needs of the perioperative practitioner
  • Delivered by ‘experts’ in the field of perioperative practice
  • We are one of the largest and most diverse providers of health and social care education in the country
  • We use our advanced and innovative education facilities to simulate the real life health care situations
  • We have one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries
  • We have very close links with a wide range of clinical practice partners to maximise your experience.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Blended Learning
  • 12 Weeks
  • £756 per 20-credit module

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

Must be a Registered Operating Department Practitioner or Nurse working within the perioperative environment

Qualifications considered:

  • NVQ Level 3
  • DipHE
  • Degree
  • Mentorship

Course in Depth

Level 6

Level 7

Course structure

Topic covered in this module are:

  • Introduction to anaesthesia
  • The anaesthetic machine
  • Monitoring and interpretation of observations
  • Intravenous fluids and management
  • Airway management
  • Medicines management
  • Anaesthetic drugs and pharmacology
  • Regional anaesthesia and pharmacology
  • Anaesthetic care for diverse patient groups
  • Clinical emergencies
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Clinical complications in anaesthesia
  • Hi-fidelity simulation in theatre on the deteriorating patient.

This module will enable you as a health care practitioner to develop your role, skills and management of anaesthetic care to a level capable of delivering care to patients with complex needs that may be undergoing elective, non-scheduled or emergency procedures.  This will enable you to identify and justify how your role impacts upon the safe and effective care of patients within all aspects of the perioperative environment. 

There will be a focus on the assessment, application and evaluation of care delivery for complex and diverse patient groups including clinical emergencies and the deteriorating patient. This will include the interpretation of a range of clinical data, recognition of the patient’s needs, and planning of a care intervention.  

For level 7 you will be expected to evaluate how an intervention in one area of care may influence the patients overall condition and synthesise what actions need to be taken to help ensure a safe and enhanced outcome for the patient using the best available evidence.

Facilities & Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

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Virtual Tour

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Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Katie O'Connor

Lecturer in Operating Department Practice / Admissions Tutor

Katie's career as an ODP began at Birmingham City University 15 years ago when she undertook the Diploma in Higher Education in Operating Department Practice, she has been qualified for almost 13 years.

More about Katie


Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Katie O'Connor on:

Professional Navigator

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.